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Word Choice & Tone - Chapter Summary
While acceptable writing may allow students to pass their classes, exceptional writing can help them succeed academically and professionally. This chapter guides students as they learn how to improve their writing skills through the use of word choice and tone.
The user-friendly structure of all the chapters on this site makes this learning resource fun and convenient for students. With any Wi-Fi-ready device, students can access the lessons. From the chapter menu, they can scroll from topic to topic and find the lesson they want to review. By going through each of the lessons in this chapter, students should gain the skills to do the following:
- Examine how mood and tone affect a passage
- Explain and show examples of denotation and connotation
- Use word structure, prior knowledge, and context clues to construct meaning
- Determine the meaning of words by word relationships
- Use reference materials to build vocabulary
1. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage
In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.
2. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples
Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.
3. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure
In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.
4. Understanding Words By Their Relationships
Many words in the English language have multiple meanings. To really understand a word, we have to understand the relationship between particular words. In this lesson, we will examine this through connotations, denotations, synonyms, and analogies.
5. Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary
In this lesson, we will explore various reference materials that will allow you to increase your vocabulary. Common reference materials include dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauruses.
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- 9th Grade English: Literary Text Analysis
- 9th Grade English: Literary Terms & Devices
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- Epic & Myth: The Odyssey & Romeo and Juliet
- Novel Exemplars: Night & Animal Farm
- Drama: To Kill a Mockingbird & Romeo and Juliet
- Poetry: Hope is the Thing with Feather, The Raven & In Just
- Nonfiction Texts: Gettysburg Address & Washington's Farewell
- High School English: Media & Art Analysis
- 9th Grade English: Argumentative Reading & Writing
- 9th Grade English: Informative & Technical Writing
- 9th Grade English: Narrative Writing
- 9th Grade English: The Writing Process
- 9th Grade English: Research Skills
- 9th Grade English: Speaking & Listening Skills
- Teacher Resources for 9th Grade English
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- Teaching Romeo and Juliet
- Teaching Animal Farm